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(I guess this show is back on after almost being canceled. There’s strange things afoot at this venue regardless)

Loretta Lynn at Shoreline: ‘I still think there’s great country out there’

–>(From The Guide, 1/16)

Country legend Loretta Lynn tries to take at least a little time off in the winter these days.

After all, she has 21 grandchildren who visit on Christmas Eve.

“I got out of cooking,” she said, a note of relief evident in the twangy voice that has ruled country for four decades and become one of the most recognizable in the genre.
But the break won’t last too long. Lynn will kick off her nine-month 2009 tour with a show Jan. 16 at the Shoreline Ballroom.
Loretta Lynn

When: Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m. Jan. 16

Where: Shoreline Ballroom, Ocean Center, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island.

Tickets: $45-$55

Information: 843-842-0358, http://www.shorelineballroom.com
“When I go on stage, I don’t think about it being the first show or the last show,” she said in a recent interview. “If I start thinking about it, it will bother me. I just go on and do my show and it doesn’t upset me.”

Lynn once was best known as the “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” whose honky-tonk Appalachian-based style earned her several No. 1 hits in the ’60s and ’70s and made her the unofficial spokeswoman for the feminist viewpoint in country music.But her career saw a major resurgence in 2004 when she teamed up with Jack White of the White Stripes for the album “Van Lear Rose.” White produced the album and provided guitar and vocals, and the record went on to become a crossover success, putting Lynn’s music in front of a new generation of fans.

“I think me and Jack both are kind of surprised,” Lynn said. “Of course Jack, he believed in me all the way. I said, ‘Now Jack, I don’t know if country people will accept it or not.’ But they loved it.”

But even before that album, Lynn said young people always have been a staple at her shows. “It thrills me to death,” she said.

Over the years, Lynn has stayed true to her Kentucky country roots, never — even when working with White — bending to trends or fads.

“Everybody was saying country music was going pop, and I came in singing just about as country music as I could sing,” she said. “Country music just kind of got back on the track, I guess. It’s been going forever. I haven’t lost any crowd no matter how I go. I still think there’s great country out there. If you don’t sing real country music, it’s you that’s going to lose.”

With songs such as 1966’s “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)” Lynn introduced a strong female voice into country, an influence felt four decades later in artists from the Dixie Chicks to Neko Case. It takes dedication, she said, and some of today’s rising artists don’t seem willing to invest the time.

“You know what’s missing? It’s not the voice, it’s the work,” she said. “I think they think if they put a record out there everybody will play it, everybody will buy it. But if you don’t put out the work, you’re not going to make it big.

“It takes everything. It takes the touring. You have to work the disc jockeys, you have to work the record.”

She’ll soon be back to working her own records again. Lynn is in the studio, collaborating with Johnny Cash’s son on re-recordings of her No. 1 hits — something to satisfy old fans, she said. New material also is in the works and could be out as early as summer.

As for that big family, Christmas is over, but they’re still around. Lynn often includes her son, twin daughters and granddaughter as part of the live show these days, a way to keep family around while continuing to work. “Usually I get a good hand everywhere I go,” she said.

Loretta Lynn and the sirens of breaking news

Uh, so, there was supposed to be an interview for The Guide to follow this story, but after a long and in-depth phone conversation with her strongly disappointed (not at me) tour manager today, it became very apparent I shouldn’t bother to finish writing it up.

And suddenly, hundreds of miles away, I found myself right back into a familiar role reporting on intricacies of Hilton Head business deals. And to think I was starting to forget how much I love the rush of breaking news, which came back full force this afternoon as I made an brief yet whole-hearted attempt at the almost certainly improbable task of trying to get to get three people to call me back in the hour before 5 p.m. on a Friday.

But instead of following the news, I went to work and held a sign telling people where the end of the “12 items or fewer line” was.

Actual conversation today:

Female customer: Excuse me, where is the end of the line?

Me (holding a white laminated sign on the end of a 6-foot pole above my head with the words “End of Line” written on it):  I think it’s here.

All for the bigger dream, Tim. All for the bigger dream.


Loretta Lynn Busy With Two New Albums

Loretta Lynn
January 09, 2009 02:52 PM ET
Tim Donnelly, Savannah, Ga.

Country legend Loretta Lynn is preparing two projects this year to follow up her 2004 crossover hit, “Van Lear Rose.”

Lynn, 74, is working on an album of new material that she says could be ready by late spring. The album will be in her traditional country style but will deal with modern issues. “(A friend) told me: ‘Loretta, don’t quit writing, because if you do, no one in Nashville is writing songs,'” Lynn tells Billboard. “I write about what’s happening today and how I feel.”

The second project, an album of re-recorded versions of her No. 1 hits from the past four decades, is being produced by John Carter Cash and could hit stores this summer.

Lynn says the idea for that album came out of her live performances, at which she finds crowds clamoring for old favorites, particularly “Dear Uncle Sam.” Lynn released that anti-Vietnam War song (“I hate war,” she said) in 1966, and it became her first self-penned track to make the top 10. But, she says, it has gained new resonance with anti-war crowds today.

“I want to make sure that they get all the old No. 1 hits over the years,” she says. “They holler for them.”

Lynn’s children and grandchildren usually join her on stage for live performances these days, and have also been in the studio to help with the album. John Carter Cash, the only child of Johnny Cash and June Carter and a country music singer and songwriter himself, is easy to work with because Lynn and his father were close.

“Van Lear Rose” was produced by the White Stripes Jack White, who also contributed vocals and guitars. The two stay in touch, but Lynn says she doesn’t get to see him very often. But she says she plans to call him soon “see what the devil he’s up to.”